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CfP: The Politics of Memory (University of Zadar, 6-9 September, 2012)
The Anual International Conference on Re-Thinking Humanities and Social Science 3 is to be held at the University of Zadar, Croatia, from the 6th to 9th September 2012. In 2012 we would like to concentrate on the politics of memory.

 Keynote speakers:
.      Laura Mulvey (Department of History of Art and Screen Media, University of
London)
.      Lauren Berlant (Department of English Language and Literature, University
of Chicago)
 
The politics of memory

How does remembrance shape our links to the past? What is the link between past and
present? How are narratives of past constituted, maintained or dissipated? How
is memory performed? How various discourses of the past inscribe social
relations and subjectivities? How are our innermost emotions, desires and
fantasies articulated with a discursive space of memory in the present? What is
the link between communication technologies and the ways past is represented?
How are we to understand various technologies of memory?
Today, more than ever, questions such as these raise a more general concern about the
politics of memory. Once, the past was seen as a stable and known, it was used as a tool to construct
collective identities, nation states, to give us a feeling of belonging and
common origin, to create what was seen as "our heritage". But today this "ours"
calls heritage, with all its categories, into question. There has been growing
awareness among scholarsthat the way the past is remembered is always
articulated along specific social axes of differentiation such as class,
gender, ethnic background etc. Each of these axes is invested with particular
meanings, which can differ according to the different discursive formations
that are used as an interpretative framework. All of these constitute the
politics of memory that is performed in everyday cultural, political and
economic practices?
At this conference we problematise the politics of memory and the way it is embodied in films, photographs,
performances, literature, public art, memorials .. We are especially interested in exploring the circulation of historical memories that offer the
basis of identification in a given cultural, economic and political moment; (2)
the possible responssive ways to, what Lauren Berlant calls "the
urgencies of a moment (the historical moment, the sexual moment, the intimate
moment, the singular subjective moment where survival time is another name for
ordinary life)" and (3)the ways the new technology offers an opportunity to
"aesthetics of the past to meet the aesthetics of the present" through "the
aesthetic of delay" and confusion between living and dead (Laura Mulvey).
 
Possible topics include:
 
Film, photography and memory
Performing arts and memory
Literature and memory
Sound and memory
Rituals of memory
Memory, public sphere and citizenship
Cultural memory and trauma
Memory and forgetting
Commodity culture and cultural forgetting
Memory and body
(memory of bodily movements, scars, pregnancy..)
Memory and autobiographical texts
Memory, gender roles and sexuality
Memory and communication technologies
Place and memory (...)
 
Proposals are invited from scholars from different fields and disciplines of humanities and
social sciences for individual papers (30 minutes including discussion time).

Please send proposals (no more than 300 words in length) to rhss.conference@gmail.com by June 15, 2012. Selected conference papers will be published.
 
Date: 2012-06-06